As the UK enters its second month of a complete lockdown, many organisations are starting to think about the steps they can take now to get their recruitment agency in best shape for when the country returns to ‘normal’ (whatever that will look like).
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation has been a valuable source of information for EdenGroup and having listened to their Talking Recruitment webinar today (29.4.2020) we were very impressed at the amount of work they have been doing to support recruitment agencies during the Coronavirus crisis.
Neil Carberry, the chief executive of the REC, and his colleagues are liaising directly with the team at No 10 and the Treasury on a daily basis and they have been resolute in their need to have very clear guidance for their members. Although schemes have been put in place to get cash out to businesses who need it as quickly as possible, the guidance needs to be in place so that recruitment agencies aren’t audited in 3-4 years by the Treasury and required to pay back large sums of money. The REC has done a great deal of lobbying to the government about the recruitment sector’s needs and they feel that the understanding of the recruitment sector by the government is at the highest level ever.
The REC asked for four things to help the recruitment sector to get back on its feet:
The REC talks about the fact that we are now in a government-enforced recession, which has been created for valid public health reasons. For that reason, they have been very supportive of the government’s decision to delay IR35 until 2021, but they predict that chancellor Rishi Sunak will want to review how the self-employed are taxed, especially given the comments he has made about the support available for directors of limited companies.
We don’t want to publish information or guidance on the EdenOutsource blog because the situation evolves and changes on a daily basis, however, would urge you to look at the official sources. You might want to head over to the REC website to find out more about:
The REC team spoke on the webinar about the various options available to help businesses including:
The advice is being updated regularly as the situation evolves, and the REC’s view is that the government will apply monthly extensions to the various schemes, so it is worth keeping up to date with the help that is available.
We would highly recommend tuning in to these webinars, especially as it was accessible to non-REC members as well. The next Talking Recruitment webinar is on 19 June and you can book future webinars here. If you want a copy of the slides, please email email@example.com and we can get a copy sent over for you.